Free State

City cleans up in Sunflower League awards

Lawrence High senior guard Anthony Bonner and Free State sophomore Madison Piper were named the Sunflower League’s players of the year on Sunday, and LHS boys basketball coach Mike Lewis was selected as the Coach of the Year after leading the Lions to an undefeated 11-0 record in league play. ...

Free State’s Jimenez takes bowling honor

Free State High sophomore Alex Jimenez was selected as the Sunflower League’s boys Bowler of the Year, and 10 other city bowlers were recognized with postseason league honors.Jimenez, who took fifth overall at the Class 6A state tournament, was joined on the All-Sunflower League boys first ...

Law won’t return to coach Free State boys

Free State High boys basketball coach Chuck Law won’t be returning as coach next season. Law told school officials of his decision to resign on Monday to let them prepare to fill his vacancy, and he also met with his former players. He is declining further comment until after Lawrence ...

Free State girls fall just short of state

Free State High’s girls basketball coach Bryan Duncan thought to himself for a few seconds and struggled to come up with any words to describe how he felt after Saturday’s sub-state championship game. It was just too painful. The Firebirds fell just short of a trip to the state tournament ...

LHS girls 3rd, FSHS boys 6th at state bowling

Wichita ? Lawrence High junior Izzy Schmidtberger bowled a 620 series to finish eighth individually and led the Lions’ girls bowling team to third place in the team standings at the Class 6A state tournament on Friday at Northrock Lanes. LHS sophomore Morgan Daniels (564 series) and freshman ...

FSHS bowlers aiming high

Free State High’s boys bowlers couldn’t be much happier with their results in their last two tournaments, claiming a Sunflower League championship and taking second place at regionals. But they aren’t satisfied with stopping there. The Firebirds are hoping to keep up their high scores at ...

LHS assistant takes over Free State volleyball reins

Free State High athletic director Mike Hill didn’t have to look too far to find the Firebirds’ new volleyball coach. After spending the last four years as an assistant coach at Lawrence High, Amy Hoffsommer was named Free State’s head volleyball coach on Wednesday. Hoffsommer, a former ...

Free State girls cruise in sub-state opener

The Kansas 6A state tournament has been on the minds of Free State High’s girls basketball players all season, and the Firebirds came one step closer to reaching it after disposing of Kansas City Wyandotte, 61-12, Thursday in the first round of sub-state action at FSHS.“We came out in our ...

Free State stumbles at SM North

Overland Park ? As early as pre-game warmups Wednesday night, Free State High senior Weston Hack sensed something amiss for the black-clad visitors at Shawnee Mission North, site of the Firebirds’ Class 6A sub-state opener.Sure enough, in the opening minutes that followed, No. 6 seed FSHS ...

FSHS, LHS girls set sub-state sights high

Free State High’s girls basketball team set a school record by winning 16 regular-season games, but starting today, none of those matter to the Firebirds.The No. 2-seeded Firebirds (16-4) will host No. 7-seeded Wyandotte (1-14) at 7 p.m. Thursday at FSHS in the first round of its sub-state ...

Lions, Firebirds set for sub-state openers

Last summer, Lawrence High senior guard Anthony Bonner announced his expectations for the boys basketball team this season. “Nothing less than a state championship, honestly,” he said in June. Bonner has done his best to deliver on his words. He’s averaged 19.8 points per game this year, ...

Steele, Clothier third at state; Baldwin 4A champ

Park City ? Lawrence High junior wrestler Alan Clothier and Free State freshman Tate Steele both took third place in their respective weight classes at the Class 6A state tournament on Saturday at Hartman Arena. Clothier, a 182-pounder, won by a 6-3 decision in his third-place match against ...

City wrestlers fail to advance out of Class 6A state semifinals

Park City ? The city won’t produce a single state high school wrestling champion this season.Each Class 6A city high school advanced one wrestler to the semifinals of the state meet Friday, but each suffered a one-point loss.Free State High’s Tate Steele fell to Wichita South’s Dallas ...

Lions rely on defense to subdue Firebirds

All it takes is a few plays for Lawrence High’s boys basketball players to find a rhythm on offense. On Friday in the City Showdown, the Lions used their defense to create some momentum. With the help of a few Free State miscues, the Lions guarded tightly and didn’t let up until they could ...

Free State girls extend winning streak to four

Lawrence High’s and Free State’s girls basketball teams both entered Friday night’s City Showdown with three-game winning streaks, but it was the Firebirds who stayed hot to beat the Lions, 58-45, at LHS.The Firebirds (16-4) took control of the game with an 8-0 run to begin the second ...

Column: Second quarter fateful for FSHS prospects

Ten weeks after the boys basketball teams from the city’s two public high schools first faced each other, Free State High coach Chuck Law’s confidence in his team’s ability to play Lawrence High straight-up increased tenfold.In three of the four quarters Friday night at The Jungle, ...

Firebirds’ Ziegler, Hack stellar student-athletes

One day, a Free State High student will come along and break swimmer Jack Ziegler’s school record in the 50-freestyle, established while winning the state title and helping his school to a third-place finish at the state meet.Some year, the Firebirds also will have a basketball player who ...

String of strikes lifts Lions’ Erickson at regional

It didn’t matter that spots for the state bowling tournament were on the line. Lawrence High senior Ashlee Erickson felt no pressure on Thursday afternoon at Royal Crest Lanes. Erickson rolled 10 straight strikes in her opening game to record her highest single-game total of the season, a ...

Free State wrestling enjoys banner season

Free State High wrestlers have put together one of their strongest seasons in the past decade. They’re not done yet. The Firebirds took second in the Sunflower League and won a regional championship, their best finishes since 2005. Now they’re focused on doing well at the Class 6A state ...

Piper keys rally by Free State girls

Overland Park ? With her team trailing on the road in the fourth quarter Tuesday night, Free State High sophomore guard Madison Piper had seen her previous seven shots rim out. She hadn’t made a basket since the final minutes of the second quarter. But none of that mattered in crunch ...